SMC Sponsored Programs | Book & Media Studies


The Book and Media Studies program is an interdisciplinary and historical investigation of the role of printing, books, reading, and electronic and digital media in cultures past and present. One stream, print media, covers topics such as manuscript and book production, internet publishing, book illustrations, advertising, censorship, and the ways readers use and enjoy books. A second stream, electronic and digital media, investigates the development of the mass media including the advent of radio, the emergence of television, and more recent forms of mass communication including global telecommunications, social media, and the World Wide Web.

Book and Media Studies Program Requirements and Courses

Book and Media Studies Program Contacts

Where Should I Begin?

The required courses for the program are:
SMC219Y1 Mass Media in Culture and Society
SMC228H1 Bibliography and Print Culture
SMC229H1 Readers and Readerships

These courses offer an introductory overview of all facets of the program.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology

Attend free events and workshops at the Coach House Institute

St. Michael’s Print Room

The St. Michael’s Print Room houses a collection of antique presses and other printing artifacts, including binding equipment and an extensive collection of type.

The Print Room gives Book and Media students a hands-on experience in support of their courses in book history and material bibliography. The program takes advantage of the extensive human and physical resources already in place at the University of Toronto, including the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Robertson Davies Library (Massey College), the Centre for 19th Century French Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and the Department of Fine Arts exhibition catalogues’ collection.

Overseas Study

University of Toronto students have the opportunity of applying for the third year Study Elsewhere program.


The Francess Halpenny Internship offers a unique opportunity for one student each year to work closely with a University of Toronto Press editor and to experience the scholarly publishing world from the inside.

What Next?

The program prepares students for vocations in journalism, publishing, editing, communications and graduate programs in information and library science. The program also introduces them to topics in the Book History and Print Culture Graduate program at the University of Toronto.